The Emily Winthrop Miles Wildlife Sanctuary, managed by Sharon Audubon Center, consists of more than 800 acres of habitat amidst 5,000 acres of protected open space. In addition to forestland, Miles features 2 miles of the Carse Brook Wetlands, which supports a wide variety of flora and fauna—some of which are on the Endangered Species List. Though none of the buildings are currently open to the public, the sanctuary itself is open for visitation and the Pond Loop Trail around Miles Pond boasts some of the best wildlife viewing in the region.
The Emily Winthrop Miles Wildlife Sanctuary is the training and research part of Sharon Audubon Center's operation. With a small residential facility, Miles is able to house interns and scientists who use the Sanctuary for fieldwork and environmental study.
This sanctuary exists thanks to the generosity of Emily Winthrop Miles—a poet, writer, and artist, who donated her property to the National Audubon Society in 1962. Select here to read more about the history of Sharon Audubon Center.
How to get to Miles Wildlife Sanctuary
From Route 41 in Sharon: Turn onto Calkinstown Road on the east side of Route 41 (across from the Country Corner Restaurant and near Sharon Motor Lodge and Sharon Extra Mart). Travel for 1.8 miles and make a slight right onto West Cornwall Road (do not take the left fork onto White Hollow Road). Continue approximately 1.8 miles passing Miles Pond and seeing the sanctuary sign on the right. Pull in and follow signs to the parking area.
From Route 7 in West Cornwall: Turn onto West Cornwall Road on the west side of Route 7 (directly across from Cornwall Auto Body and near the intersection of Route 128 and the West Cornwall Covered Bridge). Travel for approximately 3 miles and see the sanctuary sign on the left. Pull in and follow signs to the parking area.